Southern Italy's scenic Amalfi Coast is a top vacation destination, especially in summer. Cliffs rise dramatically above the sea and picturesque villages cling to the cliffs, making for spectacular scenery.
One of the most popular Amalfi Coast towns is Positano, seen in the movie The Talented Mr. Ripley. Another good resort town to visit is Amalfi. Once one of the four powerful Maritime Republics it's now a charming town with interesting medieval architecture.
While the narrow, windy coast road offers good views it can also be very crowded, especially in high season. Ferries connect several of the villages and can be a more comfortable way to travel. Those traveling by public transportation may find it more convenient to stay in the town of Sorrento, on the opposite side of the peninsula.
Using the Amalfi Peninsula as a base, there are several good places to visit as day trips, including the archeological site of Pompeii and the island of Capri. See top-rated Amalfi Coast Hotels for places to stay.